Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms

Paul Norman, W.M. Castleden, M.M.D. Lawrence-Brown

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    A study of ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) was performed. During a 6 month period, 1225 men and women aged 60-80 years were screen at a variety of community venues. Screening was well received by the public and logistically simple to perform. Thirty-three AAA were detected with sizes between 30 and 81 mm. In the 60-80 year age group, the prevalence of AAA > 30 mm in diameter was 4.7% in men and 0.35% in women, and the prevalence of AAA > 50 mm was 0.6% in men and 0.17% in women. Cigarette smoking, but not hypertension or diabetes, was found to be a significant risk factor for AAA. This study confirms that screening for AAA is feasible and yields high prevalence rates in major population centres.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)333-337
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery
    Publication statusPublished - 1992


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